Acclaimed Children’s author Ali Sparkes’s passion for reading and writing and her ability to communicate both of these in a humorous and engaging way ensured that our children were in for a treat of a visit. Ali, winner of the Blue Peter Book award, believes “if you were to snap her in half she would read CHILDREN’S AUTHOR through the middle, like Brighton rock. Although it would probably be a bit difficult to read, what with the blood and entrails and all that…”. Ali shared with the children her journey from writing ‘Websters Week Out’ at the age of 10 through countless publisher rejection letters to her first successful published novel in the Shapeshifter series. The Year 5 children also participated in a creative writing workshop with Ali emphasising the four key opportunities to ensure your book is read; the cover, title, blurb and first few pages. The children were inspired to write their own book beginning and via an X factor style competition choose the winning one. “Ali Sparkes was so good that I have gone and bought all her books. She makes me want to write.” enthused one year 5 child.
High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB